Investing in technology is investing in the safety of construction zones. As technology is gaining traction in various fields of businesses and industries, there are revolutionary technologies that are changing how construction safety and protection are carried out among workers.
As such, it is safe to say that technology has been instrumental in ensuring that construction safety is not compromised and that safety is more than just a priority, but it is valuable accountability.
Technological advancements offer endless possibilities and opportunities. Now more than ever, in the field of construction safety, technology has been used as a tool to amplify and make construction work zones even safer and more conducive for workers. As such, one of the technologies making its way to construction safety are site detectors. Simply, traffic cones are now leveled up with the aid of this smart technology.
TAs traffic cones typically send a sign that construction work is ongoing, site detectors also give out the same message but in a more advanced way. Now, how do these smart devices work?
Essentially, site sensors are installed in every corner of the construction zone in order to check and monitor humidity, temperature, volatile soil materials, and even sense organic materials present in the area.
Data from these site detectors are integral in making sure that workers are working in a safe construction zone and that they are not exposed to any hazardous chemicals or harmful working conditions. As site detectors are used in construction zones, workers’ safety is guaranteed and prioritized.
2Wearable Tech Devices
Perhaps, one of the most widely used technologies for construction safety is wearable devices. Just like how smartwatches have come to dominate people’s lifestyles, wearable tech devices in construction have been revolutionary.
Some of these wearable techs include smart boots, hard hats, vests, and even smart googles. What these wearable devices do is that they detect workplace hazards and dangers that workers may unnoticeably realize in the first place. This wearable tech adds an extra layer of security and protection among construction workers.
More than this, there are smartwatches that are able to monitor and keep track of workers’ heart rate and body temperature which are useful in knowing early signs of heat stroke or exhaustion in the workplace. Wearable tech devices are also cost-effective as these can be used and activated using a worker’s phone to connect his or her account.
One of the cutting-edge possibilities brought by technology in making construction zones safer is the integration of power-assisted tools. These tools are also referred to as exoskeletons. As their name suggests, these power-assisted tools take the role of carrying heavy objects and tools thereby, reducing the risks of injury, fatigue, and exhaustion in the workplace.
Manufacturers such as Daewoo and Panasonic have been known to produce power-assisted tools and exoskeletons needed to ease the job of carrying hard tools and objects in the construction site. As these tools are powered by technology, construction work is done at a quicker pace without the increased likelihood of worker injury and exhaustion. As they say, it is like hitting two birds with one stone.
Construction zones are marked safe and workers are able to work with peace of mind knowing that they are out of harm’s way.
Drones are one of the defining features of technologies that paved their way in making construction zones safer. These unmanned aerial technology tools are helpful in carrying out site surveys and inspections from a wider perspective and elevation without the need for a manual inspection.
Using drones helps to map and identify construction zone hazards that might be left unnoticed with just a manual site inspection and survey.
More than this, drones deliver aerial images and videos that are both integral in ensuring construction safety. Essentially, drones serve as lookouts in keeping an eye on workers and thus, adding a sense of safety and protection in the workplace.
5Virtual Reality Tech
As technology is being leveraged to carry improved results and outcomes in construction, virtual reality technology has been gaining traction.
Essentially, even before workers and the team arrive on a construction site, virtual reality is used to design and simulate real-life construction plans, projects, and working conditions.
If there is risk-assessment training for workers, virtual reality tech is utilized to train workers how to correctly use construction tools and equipment thereby, reducing injury and hazard in the workplace by a magnitude.